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Alotau Milne Bay Province Milne Bay, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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Welcome to the exotic culture of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and to Tawali Resort. Located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear protected waters of Milne Bay, Tawali offers travelers a unique location to dive, relax and enjoy the unspoiled wonders of this magnificent part of the world.Tawali is located in a secluded area of Milne Bay amongst local fishing villages and accessible only by boat. Built on a limestone bluff eighty feet above the water, Tawali offers guests a private retreat in which to enjoy the wonders of PNG. Tawali was constructed by local craftsmen and you will find beautifully carved totems and woodwork in the spacious main lodge and throughout the resort.
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Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Banquet room
24-hour security
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Water sport equipment rentals
Shuttle bus service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
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Air conditioning
Bottled water
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Filipino, Japanese


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Alotau Milne Bay Province Milne Bay, Alotau 211 Papua New Guinea
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Pablo S wrote a review Nov 2017
5 contributions2 helpful votes
I went to Tawali just to dive and was a great experience. I did 2 dives and were both great. Good material and great staff. However, they overcharge you for for 5 minutes of small boat to reach Tawali and the food (buffet type) was very poor quality and expanaive. If you go just for diving, rent a small boat by yourself to reach there, and don't stay to have lunch, it's not worth it.
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Date of stay: September 2017
Sue H wrote a review Nov 2017
Denver, Colorado1446 contributions381 helpful votes
We stayed at Tawali for about 2 weeks in November 2017. We met friends from Australia for the last week and they stayed here as well. Our friends concurred with our review rating of 3 stars. This review includes the resort itself and the dive operation. Our purpose for staying at Tawali was to dive the sites in Milne Bay. The resort The resort is situated at the top of a large hill and is located about 2 hours from the Alotau airport. The first 90 minutes from the Alotau airport to the resort are by air conditioned van on a very bumpy road and the last few minutes are by boat. There are 2 docks at the resort and they are on opposite sides at the bottom of the hill. The dive shop (which we did not visit) is near one of the docks. The restaurant, lobby, outdoor patio, and
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Date of stay: November 2017
sls1124 wrote a review Nov 2017
Los Angeles, California441 contributions71 helpful votes
There were eight in our group, six divers and two snorkelers. We were picked up on time at our hotel in Alatou in a large air-conditioned van. The ride was an hour and a half and then a 30 minute boat ride to the resort. We were greeted enthusiastically by the staff and provided with cool towels and coconut drinks. The check-in process went very smoothly and the resort staff were very friendly and helpful. Tawali Resort is one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed! It’s nestled in the jungle and has covered walkways connecting the lobby area/large deck with the rooms, dive shop and pool. There are a lot of steps and it can be quite slippery when raining. This is not a place for someone who has mobility issues. The resort is decorated with handcrafted wood carvings and
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Date of stay: November 2017
BillyFarrer wrote a review Oct 2017
San Rafael, California26 contributions8 helpful votes
If you love snorkeling or diving then this is a must visit resort. It’s remote (2 hour drive through the jungle) and 30 minute boat ride to get there, but boy is it worth it. Lovely location, comfortable accommodations, terrific views, super friendly and helpful staff and dive masters, especially the manger Armando, great snorkeling and diving. You really need to enjoy snorkeling and diving to appreciate this place. There aren’t any sandy beaches, but they do have a beautiful outdoor pool just off the beach. A real gem. This is an all inclusive resort and the food is exceptional. A great place to relax and chill. The rooms do not have Wi-Fi, but the lobby does. Extensive collection of books on aquatic life. We were there in late September and almost had the place to ourselves.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Goni B wrote a review Oct 2017
22 contributions12 helpful votes
The room was spaceous, clean and with an incredible view over the bay (I got one of the best rooms as it was low season). The staff was friendly and the food nice with flexibility for special requirements The diving is just the best in the world (I really mean it, I have been to loads of places and the diving around Milne Bay was the best I have done) with incredible diversity, beautiful reefs, some big stuff and loads of rare critters, the guides knew their way around and did find the cool critters for us. The only down side is the price. It is expensive.
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Date of stay: November 2016
US$125 - US$142 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Papua New GuineaPapua RegionAlotau
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